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Support 4-H With Your IRA

There's still time to make a 2010 tax-free distribution from your IRA and support Iowa 4-H'ers at the same time!


President Obama signed into law a two year extension (through 2011, retroactive to January 2010) of the provision to extend tax-free distributions from individual retirement plans for charitable purposes.  Individuals, age 70 ˝ and older, are allowed to make tax-free, qualified charitable distributions of up to $100,000 per taxpayer per year and may make their 2010 distribution any time through January of 2011.  


To learn more about these options contact Albert Grunenwald at

(515) 294-4780 or or visit our website. Contact your financial advisor soon to determine if this new legislation makes sense for you during the 2010 or 2011 tax year.  Remember gifts must be received (or postmarked) by January 31, 2011, to qualify for the 2010 tax year.

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It's Not Too Late to Attend the 2011 Gala
Although the 2nd Annual Iowa 4-H Gala is quickly approaching, it's not too late to register and attend! The event is taking place on Saturday, February 19th at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines and we would love for you to join us! Register today! Not sure if you want to attend? Here are the top FIVE things you won't want to miss!Sheraton Hotel, WDM


1. WHO-TV Channel 13 news anchors Erin Kiernan and Sonya Heitshusen will be the emcees of the event! What an exciting way to meet the faces of your community news station (they're even 4-H alumni!).

2. The food served at the event has changed from heavy hors d'oeuvres to a plated steak dinner! Nothing is better than getting more than you expected!

3. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Freestyle, an energetic quintet of talented Des Moines musicians!

4. The evening will provide you with the opportunity to buy a trip to Hawaii, Napa Valley, New York or Costa Rica or see the sights of Alaska with a cruise! it's time to get your vacation attire ready! Enter your proxy bid today!

5. The event will have more than forty other auction items for you to bid on! If you'd like to get an early start, proxy bids are now open! A few featured items include:

 Coke Machine

 4-H Vintage Coke Machine - Take home this custom-designed 4-H vintage Coke machine and stereo system, perfect for your county fairgrounds, basement or favorite 4-H gathering spot. Complete with Iowa 4-H photos and the 4-H logo, this item is one-of-a-kind and will be the talk of your neighborhood and community. (Pictured here: an example of an ISU custom-designed machine).

Donated by: Atlantic Bottling Company

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 Des Moines from Above - Enjoy the sights of Des Moines from above as you and a guest enjoy a one-hour hot air Hot Air Balloonballoon ride and champagne! Take-off and landing sites are typically between Indianola and Carlisle. (dates negotiable, weather permitting)
Donated by: LeRoy Clair - Clair Skies

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 Disney Dream Vacation - Plan the ultimate dream vacation for your family with a visit to Walt Disney World! Fly on Allegiant AirlinDisneyes with two round-trip tickets between Des Moines and Orlando! Upon your arrival, enjoy four one-day park hopper passes, valid at the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios™, or Disney's Animal Kingdom®. Enjoy a delicious meal at Cheesecake Factory with a $50 gift certificate. After days full of fun and an evening filled with delicious dining, spend two nights at the stunning Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld resort, with prime location across from SeaWorld Orlando and near Walt Disney World! This resort has an imaginative style and an ocean-themed setting.

Value: $1130, Minimum Bid: $1,000

Donated by: Disney Theme Parks, Allegiant Airlines, Cheesecake Factory of West Des Moines, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

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 A Taste of Des Moines - Take this opportunity to sample some ofDos Rios the best food in Des Moines. Visit Dos Rios for delicious Mexican, an excellent atmosphere and exceptional drinks with this $75 gift certificate.  Take advantage of $50 to Bonefish Grill to get your fill of exotic seafood! In the mood for a steakhouse? Jesse's Bonefish GrillEmbers will treat you or your children to 2 burger and fries meals! Want not just a meal, but a true dining experience? Visit Ohana Steakhouse in West Des Moines with this $50 Gift certificate for Hibachi cooking in an almost theatrical atmosphere. Your chefs won't just serve you food, they provide an evening of entertainment!

Donated by: Dos Rios, Bonefish Grill, Jesse's Embers, Ohana Steakhouse

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 Purse Pleasure - Take away one of five glamorous purses! Not only will you receive the purse and the girly gifts inside (candles, jewelry,Green Purse coffee, scarves, Mary Kay products, journals and much more!), but to make this even more exciting, one of the purses will secretly contain a $200 VISA debit card! Since you don't know which it is, you may just have to bid on them all!

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View a complete list of auction items and begin your bidding today!

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